Isle of Wight Youth Trust
The Isle of Wight Youth Trust is an independent charity, dedicated to supporting the mental health and wellbeing of young Islanders and their families.
“Life can be hard but accessing support shouldn’t be. By providing wellbeing and therapeutic support when it is needed, we empower young Islanders aged 4-25 to face life’s challenges.”
The Trust's Vision: An Island where children and young people’s mental health needs are well recognised and supported.
After the most challenging of times during the pandemic, there has been a huge increase in the numbers of children and young people reaching out to the Youth Trust for support. In 2022 the Trust received over 850 referrals for support and delivered over 3200 1 to 1 counselling sessions.
NHS research has identified that 1 in 6 young people aged 5-16 (5 children in an average class of 30), and 1 in 4 young people aged 17-18 have mental health support needs. This represents over 5000 children and young people on the Isle of Wight. With the right support, as early as possible, the Youth Trust can help prevent young people developing enduring mental health needs and enable them to feel more confident about their future.
No one describes the impact of the Youth Trust better than the children and young people who have accessed their services, below are just a few of their comments:
“I’m feeling like a weight has been lifted after working through deeply rooted issues and feeling better and more positive for the future”
“I used to not be able to go a day without over thinking or having intrusive thoughts. I now have none thanks to the Youth Trust.”
“I feel more confident and comfortable being me and it’s helped me cope with rough things at school. Thank you.”
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